His mother was a Dakota related to the band of famous Chief Inkpaduta group. Rain-In-The-Face never signed with Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show but Rain did appear at the Chicago Columbian Exposition (The Chicago World's Fair) of 1893 as a member of the Indian Congress along with Buffalo Bill Cody. Attached photos are of Rain-in-the-Face with C.F. Barry and with his wife.
The Revenge of Rain-in-the-Face [/color]By: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In that desolate land and lone, Where the Big Horn and Yellowstone Roar down their mountain path, By their fires the Sioux Chiefs Muttered their woes and griefs And the menace of their wrath.
"Revenge!" cried Rain-in-the-Face, "Revenue upon all the race Of the White Chief with yellow hair!" And the mountains dark and high From their crags re-echoed the cry Of his anger and despair.
In the meadow, spreading wide By woodland and riverside The Indian village stood; All was silent as a dream, Save the rushing a of the stream And the blue-jay in the wood.
In his war paint and his beads, Like a bison among the reeds, In ambush the Sitting Bull Lay with three thousand braves Crouched in the clefts and caves, Savage, unmerciful!
Into the fatal snare The White Chief with yellow hair And his three hundred men Dashed headlong, sword in hand; But of that gallant band Not one returned again.
The sudden darkness of death Overwhelmed them like the breath And smoke of a furnace fire: By the river's bank, and between The rocks of the ravine, They lay in their bloody attire.
But the foemen fled in the night, And Rain-in-the-Face, in his flight Uplifted high in air As a ghastly trophy, bore The brave heart, that beat no more, Of the White Chief with yellow hair.
Whose was the right and the wrong? Sing it, O funeral song, With a voice that is full of tears, And say that our broken faith Wrought all this ruin and scathe, In the Year of a Hundred Years.
Ladonna - Thanks for all the personal information about your family, what a wonderful position for you to be in as the keeper of your tribal history, a significant undertaking. I totally agree about all the 'stuff' that can be found in that much of it is inaccurate but once someone see it it's almost carved in stone. Since you are a member you have to my personal email address, I'd like to ask you a question, off line, about how information gets incorporated into Indian oral history.
Your relatives and my relatives knew each other 120 years ago, I really wonder what they would they about think about this communication?. Lastly if you know who was the mother of Rain-In-The-Face would you please set the record correct, thanks . . .
Last Edit: Aug 20, 2008 19:20:38 GMT -5 by fillupe
While after doing more reserach I find that her name is not mentioned in our papers so I have request from the Chairman to be allowed to look over our records as soon as i get permission I will let you know because this woman had six sons. It is recorded because for one woman to have six sons was remarkable. They just never recorded her name. So I will be going though the records.
Since this is my family it is important to me to find all of Bear faces Wives names.